Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Use of the term "sexual harassment" includes sexual violence unless otherwise noted. Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment and are covered under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The College encourages students who believe they have been sexually harassed by other students or employees to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct, regardless of where the conduct may have occurred. College officials or their agents shall investigate promptly all allegations of sexual harassment of students by other students or employees, and officials shall take prompt and appropriate disciplinary actions against students and employees found to have engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment of students. The College shall exercise reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any sexually harassing behavior and develop preventive or corrective measures to address sexually harassing behavior.

Student concerns about sexual harassment which include faculty, staff or students should be directed to the Primary Student Services Official. The procedures for addressing complaints of sexual harassment are in Appendix A & Appendix B of the Student Handbook.

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